Com­mu­nity po­lice set to fo­cus on speed­ing bikes

Pa­trols to be in­creased

Evening Telegraph (Late Extra Edition) - - PUZZLES - By CIARAN SHANKS

PO­LICE in Lochee have launched a crack­down to try to catch speed­ing mo­tor­cy­clists.

Res­i­dents through­out the ward have raised com­plaints about the is­sue.

Con­cerns have been re­peat­edly shared with lo­cal coun­cil­lors about speed­ing on Hare­field Road and now com­mu­nity po­lice have taken ac­tion – with in­creased pa­trols and the use of mo­bile speed cam­eras.

Par­tic­u­lar is­sues were raised in Dry­burgh, where a com­mu­nity ac­tion group was formed to call for ac­tion on speed­ing, parked cars and large ve­hi­cles squeez­ing through tight streets.

The is­sue was raised again re­cently at Lochee’s Lo­cal Com­mu­nity Plan­ning Part­ner­ship (LCPP) where mem­bers were able to ex­press their fears.

Lochee coun­cil­lor Michael Marra said he wel­comed the in­creased use of mo­bile speed cam­eras by po­lice.

He said: “From what I un­der­stand, the po­lice are go­ing out with cam­eras in order to try to catch them. Com­mu­nity po­lice are us­ing cam­eras to tackle speed­ing bik­ers.

“We’ve had a lot of com­plaints about peo­ple on mo­tor­bikes and it’s been a prob­lem through­out the area.

“I think it’s been more of a prob­lem be­cause of the good weather we’ve seen re­cently and there have been peo­ple rip­ping down the streets.

“Most of the com­plaints have come from Charleston and we’ve had some is­sues in Dry­burgh as well. “It’s cer­tainly wel­come for the po­lice to be out with cam­eras and it’s some­thing I’m sure the peo­ple will be pleased to see them do­ing.

“Speed­ing is still very much an on­go­ing prob­lem over­all and it’s some­thing that we’ll be work­ing on to im­prove.”

A spokes­woman for Po­lice Scot­land said: “Road safety con­tin­ues to re­main a pri­or­ity for Tay­side Di­vi­sion and of­fi­cers from Lochee have been tak­ing proac­tive mea­sures to tackle the is­sue and raise aware­ness of the dan­gers of speed­ing.

“Over the com­ing weeks, of­fi­cers will con­tinue to main­tain a pres­ence in the western ar­eas of Dundee to ed­u­cate drivers and take ap­pro­pri­ate ac­tion to im­prove road safety.

“We ask that any­one who has con­cerns about other road users should con­tact Po­lice Scot­land on 101.”

Coun­cil­lor Michael Marra

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